When the Decree Nisi is granted, 6 weeks and 1 day later the petitioner can apply for the final decree called the Decree Absolute and submit Form D36 (notice of application for Decree Nisi to be made absolute). This is processed within a few days and the Court can then grant the Decree Absolute making the divorce final. The court will be sent to the petitioner and respondent Form D37 (Decree Absolute).
If as petitioner, you need the decree absolute as soon as possible so you can remarry for example you should contact the court and ask when it can be collected.
Before making application for the decree absolute, you should consider having a consent order sent to court before the absolute application to be sealed (stamped) making it binding once the decree absolute is granted.
The application fee to lodge the order with court is £50. A consent order makes any financial agreement you both have legally binding, it also ends any financial claims either of you have on each other’s assets in the future once and for all.
If the petitioner does not apply for a Decree Absolute, then the respondent can apply 3 months after the date the petitioner could have applied for the Decree Absolute.
This is 4.5 months and 1 day after the Decree Nisi is granted and the cost is £95 it is more expensive than if the petitioner made application because a hearing is usually required to consider why the respondent is making application rather than the petitioner.
The petitioner can prevent the respondent from doing this if the petitioner can show that by doing so it would create financial difficulties, where a final financial order has not been granted by court.
… finally the court sends the Petitioner and Respondent a copy of the Decree Absolute